When you open the Start menu in Windows 10, you usually see an alphabetical list of the apps installed on your system. If you want a smaller Start menu, you can hide the app list on the left. Here’s how.
Here is an example of what a typical Start menu app list usually looks like (although your app will depend on how you̵
If you’d like to disable this app list, you’ll need to make a small change in Windows settings.
Open “Settings” by clicking the “Start” menu and selecting the “Gear” icon or pressing Windows + I.
In the main Settings menu, click Personalization.
Under Personalization in the sidebar, click Start.
In the start menu settings, find the switch labeled “Show app list in start menu”. Click the switch to turn it off.
The next time you open the Start menu, you’ll see a much smaller menu with no app list. But it’s not gone forever! If you want to display the app list again, click the “All apps” button in the sidebar.
After that, the app list will open and you will see a full alphabetical list of your installed apps. However, the start menu remains elegant and small.
To return to the previous view at any time, click the “Fixed Tiles” button in the Start menu just above the “All Apps” button.
If you want to make your Start menu even smaller, you can quickly resize it by clicking the corners and dragging with your mouse or touchpad. Have fun customizing your machine!
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